Budget passes House, but won’t pass Senate: Dems
Moments after the House of Representatives approved a Republican budget plan that includes sweeping changes to Medicare and Medicaid, House Democrats were quick to note the financial framework has no chance of becoming law. The House approved House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-wis.) fiscal 2013 budget resolution that would provide a premium support system for Medicare and convert the federal share of Medicaid funding into block grants for states. House members passed the bill in a vote of 228-191, but the legislation—which would also reform the nation’s tax code—is not expected to advance in the Senate. “The good news is this budget is going nowhere fast,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD.), ranking member on the House Budget Committee, told reporters during a news conference in the Capitol. “So this debate will be one we take into the election, but I think it is very important that the American people understand what’s at stake here. We know that one of the leading Republican presidential candidates—mitt Romney—has fully endorsed the Republican plan, so I think people need to understand what the consequences of that plan are.” Van Hollen then presented a chart that showed how the GOP plan for a premium-support model in Medicare would not keep pace with the rising cost of healthcare, which, he said, would shift the cost burden to America’s seniors.